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  • Within You Without You
    My Top Ten Favorite Inspirational Songs
    Maybe you need some input about music to buy this holiday season! Here’s my rather eccentric list of spiritual music, chosen from popular songs only, songs that were hits and reached a large audience. I could have chosen songs deliberately...
  • Karen Martens and Rev. Mark Belletini
    City Council agrees to meet with BREAD, discuss Matrícula Consular ID
    Members of the interfaith social justice organization BREAD received welcome news at the Columbus City Council meeting on Monday. City Council President Andrew Ginther announced that several Council members have agreed to meet with BREAD next week...
  • SACO interfaith holiday celebration event to be held on December 17th
    SACO to hold its annual Interfaith Holiday celebration on December 17 this year
    SACO (South Asian Community Outreach) will hold its annual interfaith holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 17th this year. The event is scheduled to start 6:30 P.M. at the Royal Albert Palace in Edison, New Jersey.The highly anticipated...
  • interfaith cooperation in Germany
    Relativism and pluralism: ongoing debate
    In a report about the NAIN Connect gathering in Detroit last August published at State of Formation, Ellie Anders describes the profound friendships that she saw among the older generation of interfaith activists, noting that interfaith...
  • Pastors Jefferey P. Kee and Charles Leister
    City Council to BREAD: Talk with Public Safety about the Matrícula Consular
    On Monday evening the social justice coalition BREAD spoke to Columbus City Council for the fifth time, asking for a meeting to discuss the Matrícula Consular as a form of ID for Mexican citizens living in central Ohio.The interfaith group wants...
  • BREAD returns to City Council, asks again for meeting to discuss Mexican IDs
    BREAD returns to City Council, asks again for meeting to discuss Mexican IDs
    Pastor Joel Miller of theColumbus Mennonite Churchnormally keeps a "Sabbath" every Monday, refraining from all church-related work to devote his time exclusively to to his wife and children. But last Monday he broke his Sabbath to...
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Melbourne Parliament of World Religions, 2009
    Respect and the interfaith treadmill
    There are people who go to church and other places of worship all their lives, every day or every week, practically without exception.There are important ways in which what happens at church, or in the yoga class that I’ve attended for years...
  • Tom Gerhardt
    BREAD coalition asks City Council to address Matrícula Consular ID
    "In a recent Columbus Dispatch articleMayor Michael Coleman is credited as putting out a 'welcome mat' for immigrants in Columbus," saidReverend George Glazier, pastor at St. Stephens Episcopal Church and co-president of the...
  • Father Joe Scott
    Energized by religious service
    He is unfailingly optimistic. Though his manner is unassuming (some might even say a little shy), Father Joe’s strength seems to rest in the confidence he inspires in others to do well in life. As a Paulist Priest, Father Joe Scott shares an...
  • Iraqi Christian family now refugees
    Interfaith Council statement on ISIS
    On Wednesday, the Interfaith Council of San Francisco released a statement concerning the deadly attacks on religious communities in the territory currently dominated by ISIS, the self-styled "Islamic State."In the past several months,...
  • Parliament of World Religions
    Parliament of World Religions Coming to the US in 2015
    An Opportunity to Participate in the Interfaith Movement“America is the home base of the interfaith movement and it’s about time the Parliament come back home. The Parliament in 2015 will strengthen the interfaith movement through our...
  • Prophet Muhammad's Charter of Privileges to Christians
    Prophet Muhammad's Charter of Privileges and Protection to Christians
    When Christians, Jews, others and governments violate Muslims it is wrong. Equally wrong is when Muslims and Muslim governments violate those of other faiths. The world is in turmoil here and abroad. When we see in Iraq and elsewhere killing and...
  • URI Global Council members
    URI Global Council meets in the Bay Area
    The Franciscan brothers who oversaw the construction in 1822 of the adobe building and wall that still stand in the heart of Santa Clara University probably would have found last week's banquet dinner inconceivable. People from around the...
  • Faith communities come together to protest anti-Muslim Metro bus ad
    Faith communities come together to protest anti-Muslim Metro bus ad
    Taking clear advantage of the American constitutional right to free speech, Pamela Geller, an outspoken opponent of Islam, has embarked on another anti-Islam Metro bus ad campaign. The ad depicts photos of Adolf Hitler with an Islamic leader, Haji...
  • pennies in a pile
    Funding interfaith projects is a difficult challenge
    "Relishing fundraising may be the rarest character trait of all among faith-based and interfaith leadership groups." So writes the Rev. Paul Chaffee in his editorial introduction to the most recent issue of "The Interfaith Observer ...